March 2021 newsletter: Information on COVID-19, tax and value statements, camp registration

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March 2021 Newsletter

In this issue:

- Coronavirus/COVID-19 update.
- Tax and value statements.
- Camp registration and seasonal employment.
- HIV testing kits.
- Star Library.
- Vern Vick Memorial Award.
- Upcoming events.
- In the news.

camper at Tamarack Nature Center day camp

COVID-19 updates

State updates vaccination timeline 

COVID-19 vaccination timeline

COVID-19 vaccination timeline

Minnesota is continuing to immunize those at highest risk of getting COVID-19, as well as those most at risk of severe disease and complications if they become infected. The vaccine is currently available to adults aged 65+, health care workers, educators and child care staff. The state of Minnesota has said that by this summer, everyone who wants a shot will be able to get one.

Minnesota's new COVID-19 Vaccine Connector is available for all residents who have not been vaccinated. Whether you are eligible for a vaccine now or later – the Vaccine Connector will notify you when you it’s your turn for a shot.

Sign up to be notified when you become eligible to get the vaccine.


Families encouraged to get tested every two weeks

Saliva testing

Testing for COVID-19 is an important strategy in slowing the spread of the virus. The state of Minnesota is recommending that schoolchildren and their families get tested for COVID-19 every two weeks as more students return to the classroom.

This recommendation applies to children that leave home for learning, youth sports or extracurricular activities.

The state is offering free saliva testing at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in Saint Paul. Testing is available seven days a week and free to all Minnesotans who believe they need a COVID-19 test, including those who are asymptomatic. 

View testing sites in Ramsey County.

No-cost at-home COVID-19 saliva testing is also available. 

View test at home information.

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Loans available for smallest businesses

The Small Business Association is offering its Paycheck Protection Program loans through March 10. The loans are available to businesses with fewer than 20 employees and sole proprietors.

Learn more about this relief option.


Looking for work due to COVID-19?

Community Career Labs now offer virtual job seeker services for those who prefer to connect remotely. Six in-person labs also provide reservation-based computer access, printing and copying, digital literacy programs, job search and resume assistance, and other workforce support programs.

Schedule your virtual or in-person appointment today.

Watch your mailbox: Tax statements and value notices arriving soon

tax statement

Property tax statements and valuation notices will be mailed to Ramsey County property owners in mid-March.

Tax statements show the amount of taxes and when they are due. The mailing also includes information about refund programs through the state.

Valuation notices include your property classification, estimated market value and taxable market value, which is used to determine property taxes payable in 2022.

Please review your valuation notice carefully. If you believe there is an error, now is the time to appeal or question your classification or valuation.

Contact the Assessor’s Office about your questions or concerns.


Understanding your statement

A short video is available to help you better understand your property tax and value statements:

Camp registration and seasonal employment

Camper at Tamarack Day Camp

Registration for Tamarack Nature Center day camps begins March 2. A variety of topics, themes and activities will be offered this year, sure to engage children with a diverse range of interests.
Camps are available for children from age three to entering 8th grade.

Register for day camps.

Looking for a summer job where you can gain skills and be active outside? Two seasonal employment opportunities are available in Parks & Recreation:

Clinic 555 now offers HIV testing kits

Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health’s Clinic 555 is now offering a safe, private and reliable method to test for HIV from the comfort of your own home. Complete a short confidential survey to see if you qualify. If you are eligible, you will receive your free HIV test kit in the mail and can qualify for a $25 gift card.

Learn more about HIV testing kits.

Ramsey County Library named Star Library for 8th consecutive year

Library Journal Star Library 2020 logo

Ramsey County Library has been recognized as a Library Journal Star Library for an eighth consecutive year - one of three in Minnesota for 2020.

The Library Journal Index is a measurement tool that compares annual data reported to state library agencies and compiled by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Access Library services during the pandemic.

Seeking nominees for Vern Vick Memorial Award

Do you know someone who works with and improves the lives of young adults in our community? Nominations are open for the Vern Vick Memorial Award.

Nominations are open until March 15 at 4:30 p.m.

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Upcoming events

Sap to Syrup at Parks

Board of Commissioners Meeting
Tuesdays, March 2, 9, 16 and 23.

Sap to Syrup
Multiple dates.

Maplewood Properties Redevelopment Community Forum #3
Wednesday, March 10.

Karen Contract Provider Town Hall
Wednesday, March 10.

Foster Care Parent Orientation
Thursday, March 11.

Southeast Asian Social Services Community Conversation
Thursday, March 11.

Skyway Blood Drive at Union Depot
Thursday, March 18. 

One Year Later: COVID-19, Employment and Ramsey County
Wednesday, March 24.

Lexington Parkway Reconstruction Open House
Thursday, March 25.

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In the news